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May 8, 2012 6:30am EDT
linda so joins us with a startling prediction about obesity in the united states and what's done to fight the problem. sherrie johnson live with more details on closures involving jfx and lauren cook has more on timesaver traffic and up-to-the minute forecast with meteorologist lynette charles. >> all right. we are talking about some wet weather off toward the west of us as of now. but you know, what as we zoom in, we are dealing with mainly cloudy skies but we are starting to get a few peeks of sunshine and you are seeing the clouds break up. that's a good thing. we haven't seen the sun and we will take that. but as we check out the temperatures, well right now in manchester right around 55 degrees and we are looking at 58 degrees in -- at loch rain tech and winds at -- loch abeen tech. and -- raven tech. we are looking at coastal flood advisory in effect until noon and that's for all the areas here shaded in the bluish color. i will tell you when the next best chance for rain moves into the picture but let's check the traffic with lauren. >> reporter: good morning. we are dealing
May 22, 2012 5:30am EDT
terrifying rescue for a washington state teen who waited for hours to be pulled to safety. look at this because it's incredible. it's from a search and rescue unit as they stretched a lad are across the wallace falls a snow fed ranging river that dropped 270 feetch the bridge eventually led the rescueers to a 13-year-old named william hickman who was there. he is on the right barely above the falls. >> i would say he was in a very, very dangerous spot. >> i will say. after eight hours of sitting on the ledge, rescuers escorted him out and camped with him until the chopper could pick him up in the morning. >>> disturbing video caught on camera. a dad picks up the child and tosses him into a dryer headfirst and slams the door. now it is part of a joke but then the machine starts running. panic sets in and they couldn't open the locked door. and that toddler begins to tumble. an attendant noticed what happened and turned off the machine. the child has a few bumps and bruises but overall is expected to be okay. >>> if you have not planned your summer vacation, how about making or taking a m
May 28, 2012 5:30am EDT
kind of defines why we have a memorial day holiday in the united states. and this is a ceremony that's opened to the public. so, for people who are going to be firing up the grill later on or going out on a boat, it would be nice for them to come to this ceremony this morning because this is really why we have the holiday. >> reporter: it starts at 10 and this year you are honoring 7 men and women who died in the past year since may of last year. >> exactly. that's correct. and one of the servicemen who we will be honoring who was killed a few months ago, he was a physical education teacher and some of his students will be here today to lead the pledge of allegiance and that should be very special. >> reporter: you give each family's special plaque. you have one here. >> yes. yes. and this is given to each family. they will be here today. i think they feel a bond together. they all feared they might get a call their loved one was killed in action. and it actually happened for them. so e. think it's important for them to kind of feel that bond knowing that their loved one made a great s
May 28, 2012 6:30am EDT
, there were 4500 motorcycles deaths in the united states last year. the same as 2010. officials say fewer states with helmet laws, alcohol use and speeding contributed to the deaths. >>> senator cardin taking part in a memorial day wreath laying program and parade. at one he will be at the vietnam veterans of man reception. >> this live picture --. the president is scheduled to speak around 11:30. at one the defense secretary will host the vietnam veteran's memorial on the national mall in dc. >>> the memorial day concert in department c was canceled after a line of thunderstorms moved through. thousands got to see half the concert because of the storm. they were told to seek shelter immediately. the concert was being broadcast live on pbs. >>> residents along the southeast coast are feeling the impact of tropical storm beryl. it landed and high wind and heavy rain they felt. tropical storm warnings are in effect for the state of georgia and along the coastline as well as parts of florida and south carolina. >>> it's 6:53. let's check our weather with lynette. >> let's talk about b-
May 8, 2012 5:30am EDT
based on things such as education, maturnity leave and infant mortality. the united states is 25 on the list. best country for moms, norway. the worst nigeria. but the reason the united states came in at 25 is because the country performs below average overall and poorly on the risk of things like dying from child birth, mortality rate of children and maturnity leave policies. >>> time for a check of the forecast. lynette is back in. and you say that it might not make us happy today weather wise, but on down the week we may be happier. >> exactly. looks like mother's day could be a good one. we need the rain so we will grin and bear it as we go through tomorrow. and later this evening. right now, though, temperature wise we are mild. 60 in baltimore. 56 in new york and look at those upper 60s and 70 in memphis. that's the warmer air that's going to be moving our way as we go through the rest of the afternoon. now the wind are going to play a factor in that because these winds are out of the south today. that is that southerly flow that's a warming flow. and it is helping to warm us
May 18, 2012 5:30am EDT
last -- arizona, california and oregon the it appeared last in 1994 in the united states. >>> a balcony at a texas apartment complex has major problems. it collapsed twice in less than 24 hours. the second collapse. it happened in austin and luckily no one was hurt. but people are from units had to be evacuated until the balcony could be repaired. >>> and look at this a fugitiveleads police on a high- speed chase across state lines starting in missourich the driver of the suv went from st. peters in illinois to about three hour haul when it went back to missouri where he ditched the car after veering off the road and into trees. so far no sign of the speeding fugitive. patrol officers are on the lookout. >>> we witnessed the results of a special session and now some lawmakers are wanting to add another tax. this one for your health they say. how they plan to implement a fat tax on your food. details from a new study just ahead. and your freebie friday deals ahead minutes away. where to find the best deals for free. >> road closures are in effect west rogers shut down at northern parkway
May 1, 2012 6:30am EDT
team took down osama bin laden. there are no indication of threats or plots against the united states tied to the anniversary. there is still debate about whether or not the photos showing his body should have been made public. a judge turned down the request for the release saying there is no ge jit mat national security -- legitimate naggal security concerns. >>> meet coaches, happening at the marriott inter harbor in baltimore. new head football coach, bill o brian will be among several coaches taking part in the caravan, they are making stops in 7 states to out the penn state university sports. >>> a 16-year-old maryland boy is called a hero because he was rescuing his elderly neighbors when their house caught on fire. we have a check of the story. what a brave act. >> amazing story. something that makes you feel good to hear. louise and her husband got out of a burning house in time. no one was hurt. it's thanks to 16 year old justin bowman, he is credited with saving his 69-year-old neighbor and her husband. the fire began on the second floor of the house. they were downstairs, she h
May 21, 2012 6:30am EDT
the war of 1812. we should be holding off. the united states is not ready. we will not have the reassists yet and i might go to cast your vote again and vote for the war of 1812. >> this is something that, it is not just for students and people of all ages. and get some conversation going there. >> if you are home with your boyfriend or spouse. and you want something to argue about. >> one of you save for and one be save about. >> it is awesome. >> go there today, man. >> this program kicks off at 9:00. right here at fort mchenry. >> sherrie von johnson. abc two -- sherrie johnson. >> they have a lot of energy together. >> ranger events always great. and p sherrie was perfect for the spot. >> we will not have the prettiest weather. >> we need the rain and we will look at it from that perspective. it is coming down now. off into the atlantic. few showers streaming into the area. >> few breaks as we go throughout the day. the winds, it is breezy out there. and sustained at 15 miles an hour. and six in eastern and 13 in d.c. and take you outside. you can see the winds trapping and
May 22, 2012 6:30am EDT
. >>> more video this morning of a rescue in washington state. a teenage was hiking with his family when he fell down a water fall. a search and rescue unit stretched a lad are across the river that drops 270 feet. the bridge led rescuers to the 13-year-old william hickman huddled barely above the falls and thankfully that child was not hurt. >>> many people will spend months or years planning vacations but now some people are leaving it up to chance and buying what's called a mystery trip. when she booked she didn't expect to be soaring above the trees in what wie yiey from zip lining to surf school each day had a new activity. so taking a chance can help you save money. >> looksry link online, they -- luxury link online offer options for destination but don't tell you where you are going but you can get a great rail you for a little amount of money -- great value for a little amount of money. >> they try to make the adventure match your personality. >> would you do it? >> no i like to plan my own vacations would you? >> i would sure why not one time to see what happens. >> book it see
May 15, 2012 6:30am EDT
state's gaming laws. >>> and pit bull owners are uniting today in annapolis. they don't agree with the recent state court rulings. they say the dogs are inherently dangerous. they are pushing for lawmakers to take action. the protest is expected to start at 2:30 this afternoon. lasts about two hours. owners right now are being asked not to bring their pit bulls. >>> it is primary day. and those going to the polls in nebraska and oregon and the wall street journal is now reporting romney has the delegates but his remaining opponent ron paul says he's going to end active campaigning but not suspend the campaign altogether. it wants to try to get the delegates needed for the convention come august. >>> and president obama is appearing on the view today and barbara walters asked him about his political future and here's a bit of what he has to say. >> what i want to spend the next five years doing is recreating that america where if you work dy 3k. corps stadium. >>> well, in health news this morning when it's time to take your child to the doctor for a checkup chances are they may need a
May 19, 2012 6:00pm EDT
jersey today. >> reporter: shen guang chong was in a wheelchair as he left for the united states. he left a beijing hospital saturday, and boarded a united airlines flight with his wife and two sons. the white house says the state department, worked with chinese authorities to get chen a visa. >> we welcome this development and the fact that he'll be able to pursue a course of study here in the united states. >> reporter: a professor at new york university confirms chen will study law there. >> reporter: chen's flight here to the united states ends a diplomatic tug-of-war that last nearly a month. before he left, he told reporters he was worried that chinese authorities would try to retaliate, against his extended family, still living in china. >> reporter: the blind activist was an outspoken critic of china's forced abortion policy. he escaped house arrest last month and sought the american embassy in yebe jing. the -- in beijing. they let him get treatment for a broken foot and to be reunited with his family. once there, he asked to leave china. and secretary of state hillary clint
May 17, 2012 4:30am EDT
to her parents but the united states department now says that she will not be returned because the two countries have not signed the abduction agreement when that girl was adopted. >>> police and students clash in montreal doing a protest concerning tuition hikes. these protests have caused many schools to close down temporarily. police stepped in arresting some of the people and they fired off the tear gas canisters. time now to start the 5:00 hour.
May 24, 2012 11:00am PDT
have the president of the united states that doesn't understand that productivity is a measure of output per person in the nation as a whole. it is not a measure of how hard people are working. >> i don't know if this is a preview of what kind of debates we'll see between these two men. i believe it was chuck todd who noted some of the business language that peppered into romney's response. what do you make of how this went with the connection issue? >> i think it gives us a window into the different strategies the campaigns are holding. on the one hand you have president obama saying, look, mitt romney has an empathy deficit. he just doesn't get what ordinary americans are facing. and you look at our nbc "wall street journal" poll, democrats, president obama have a big advantage when it come to empathy. but then in that exchange that mitt romney gave, he said president obama doesn't understand the economy. and those are going to be the competing arguments. and i think we'll hear for the next five and a half months. >> thank you so much. i greatly appreciate it. and we'll talk a l
May 18, 2012 11:00am PDT
obama was born in the united states. >> the birther right. >> these are racism canards. they're not telling the truth. >> here's my question. if race becomes an issue again in the fall, does it not for the president revive the base, and does it not also motivate some of those centrist independent voters who might not show up at the polls in november? >> i think that's an absolutely legitimate thing to say. at the end of the day, if you want to motivate the black base, the african-american base in the united states of america, all you have do is pull the race card. if you don't believe me, look at 2008. the other demographic, women age 30s to 50, they don't like this kind of campaigning, and i should also say every single day that mitt romney is not talking about the economy, that he's talking about gay marriage, that he's talk about about his lack of credibility or birtherism or having to defend things that even his own campaign is not doing, it's bad for mitt romney and good for the obama campaign. >> lynn, one of the things we'll see over the next few months, the super pacs that w
May 31, 2012 2:00pm EDT
that the practice of sex selection abortion is increasing in the united states, especially but not exclusively in the asian-immigrant community. >> luke russert joins me live from capitol hill. dana milbank said they are struggling with latino voters and they may lose asian-american voters when you listen to what the congressman says, at least it is his evidence. there is plenty to counter that is happening here. >> reporter: let's look at this from a broad perspective here. this is a bill that sought to outlaw the abortion of a fetus based on sex. now this is not something that is very common in the united states. there's a lot of folk that would say they've rarely ever seen a case. what mr. franks is talking about is a paper from the university of texas is saying this happened a few thousand time in the earlier part of this decade. what's interesting is there is well known documentation in places like china and india, this sort of thing happening because of a preference for boys. because it is not in the united states, a lot of democrats are saying what is this connection here? r
May 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
television at four military bases here in the united states. including fort hamilton, here in brooklyn, new york. many say what they saw in that courtroom frustrated them. >> reporter: deborah burlingame lost her brother charles. he was the pilot that crashed into the pentagon. >> they're engaged in jihad in the courtroom of. >> reporter: this saturday second arraignment for the defendants. the first trial was stopped when the obama administration tried to shut down guantanamo bay and bring the civilian cases to new york city. >> justice has been denied so long. so long. >> reporter: legal expert says it could take years for this trial to conclude. drew levinson,. >> each defendant faces the death penalty if convicted. the military tribunal is still going on. and none of the defendants have entered pleas yet. we'll have an update tonight on eyewitness news at 11:00. >>> a maryland community is in shock tonight, after two women are shot inside a howard county church office. wjz is live. weijia jiang tells us how the victims are being remembered. weijia? >> reporter: adam, a ser
May 23, 2012 11:30am PDT
hoover to visit. >> this is our livingroom. the president of the united states is going to be in our livingroom tonight excitement, huge buzz. >> reporter: there is an inconvenience factor. streets will be closing. this downtown restaurant has to close early. no one seems to mind. >> it is something new for us we never have this before. looks like everybody is excited. >> reporter: most people were priced out of getting to see him tickets at the fox theater start at $250 up to $7500. norma is one who will have to settle for a spot on the sidewalk. >> it is amazing that he's gonna be here. i'm hoping i can see him even just a glimpse. >> reporter: tickets to the fox theater are sold out that's the cheapest event. earlier he's going to be at a private home tickets to that event are $38,800. reporting live in redwood city, amy hollyfield, abc7 news. >>> house speaker john boehner will also be in the bay area tonight in hopes of picking up campaign cash the republicans will hold a fundraiser at the wood side of home -- of a billionaire. paul ryan will be in san francisco tomorrow mor
May 9, 2012 11:30am PDT
united states. we are learning more about the covert double agent mission that undercovered a new al-qaedadadada underwear bomb. >> reporter: fbi directctor mumumueller teststififieieied be houseee judiciary committee todaday. he says al-qaeda is the top threat. others aree weieighing in on ths new bomb a and waiaiaiaiait mear thththe fight a a against terro. the -- the director laid it out. >> al-qaeda affiliates especially al-qaeda i inn t the arabian peninsula represesesent the top threat to the natition. >> reporter: saying g ththe g gp is decentrarararalizezezezed and to high profile attacks against the u.s.s.. u.s.s.s. s s s secucurity offffy others a bng trained. the fbi hasas the original dedevice thanks to a doublblble agent who sourceseseses tell abc7 news worked for a nonu.u.s. intelligence agency >> the bureau exploiting ied improvisededed explosive device seized overseas similar to the devices used in the past. >> h h having the bomb in its origigininal state, before it gs off, u.s. expepeperts now are ae to figure out how the bomb works. how it might be dedetecteded.
May 21, 2012 2:00pm EDT
withdrawal of nato military forces by the end of 2014. and be just in the united states, as there's a lot of war weariness but a lot of the other nato countries. france, germany, great britain, a lot of these leaders for political reasons at home want to show that there is an end in sight to the afghan war. the declaration that is coming out of this summit today will certainly point that way, tamron. >> all right. john yang for us in chicago. 4:30 eastern time, the president will hold that news conference. we'll bring it to you live. >>> next on "news nation," florida senator marco rubio slams president obama. >> we have not seen such a divisive figure in modern american history as we have over the last three and a half years. >> so the question is team romney giving rubio attack orders in hopes of bringing in some latino voters? the rnc is about that. plus in less than two hours, we'll know how bad the trading day turned out for facebook. the social network stock already syringing far below the $38 initial public offering. and joining our conversation on my twitter page. ♪ ♪
May 19, 2012 6:30pm EDT
list of countries from around the world... ...with the best math scores. ...the united states would be on that list. in 25th place. let's raise academic standards across the nation. let's get back to the head of the class. let's solve this. ♪ home of the brave. ♪ it's where fear goes unwelcomed... ♪ and certain men... find a way to rise above. this is the land of giants. ♪ guts. glory. ram. >>> metlife is proud to provide today's aerial coverage from snoopy i. visit the metlife facebook page, join the conversation. metlife, i can do this. and after the preakness stakes, tune into the nbc sports network for your post-race wrap-up. get all the highlights and insight from today's race, the preakness stakes post-race show only on the nbc sports network. here's the complete order of finish in the preakness. zetterholm finishing in fourth. teeth of the dog, optimizer, then cozzetti, tiger walk, daddy nose best, went the day well, and pretension finishing 11th and last. now for the winner's circle presentation, let's go to laffit pincay iii. >> here with the president and coo, mr. fra
May 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
the chinese government. and frankly, the united states is in no position to dictate what the terms of release will be for a chinese citizen, dissident or otherwise. >> do you agree with that, p.j.? >> well, secretary cohen is my former boss. i would phrase it a little bit differently. it is not about leverage. the united states negotiated in good faith with china based on the wishes that mr. chen expressed at the time. he was trying to do something very unique which is rather than be an activist who is forced into exile, he wanted to be an activist that continued to do his work inside china. much more powerful. and so the united states negotiated that basis. it thought it had a deal is that that deal is unraveling. as a result, mr. chen is changing his mind and may well be seeking to come to the united states. i think u.s. officials as we speak are trying to actually get to see him again. and chinese officials evidently are preventing that from happening. >> just at this event, mitt romney calling this day of shame for the obama administration if the reports are true. not saying wh
May 30, 2012 7:00pm PDT
country is the number one spot for tornado. more tornados occur in the united states than any other place. about 1,000 a year. >> what is a tornado? >> don't tell her. >> sherry, it's an air dragon. they're coming to get us and the only way to kill them is shoot them in the wings with a uranium arrow. >> coming up... >> i'm sorry. i'm just-- like that's real. >> kendra's heartbreaking revelation. then why kim is planning to take little mason away from kourtney. >> i think that's the perfect opportunity for me to come in. >> hey, guys. welcome back. kendra wilkinson baskett has always shared the most intimate parts of her life with her fans, even after a dark time after the birth of her son. the playmate turned housewife has a new show and is telling ashlan how she made it back on top. >> people are like man, >> you so down? why are you so depressed? we don't like that about you. and i'm like i'm sorry, that's real. what do you want me to do? >> kendra on her bout with postpartum depression which was exacerbated by her husband's job. >> i was a victim of hank's job, on the road, it's time
May 28, 2012 2:00pm EDT
44th president of the united states, barack obama. >> ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the arrival of the fest of honor and remain standing until the colors are retired. ♪ >> the president of the united states, barack obama. first lady michelle obama. vice president biden. vice president biden and dr. biden. ♪ ♪ [ applause ] ♪ ♪ >> colors. present. ♪ o say, can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? ♪ ♪ and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave? ♪ >> right shoulder. color. colors turn. >> please be seated. >> good afternoon, everybody. chuck, thank you for your words and your friendship and your life of service. veterans of the vietnam war, families, friends, d
May 1, 2012 2:00pm EDT
united states, i would have played the same decision the president made, which was to remove him. i acknowledged actually a year ago when this was announced that the president deserved credit for the decision he made. i continue to believe that. and certainly would have taken that action myself. i'm sorry. pardon? >> [ inaudible ]. >> i think i said the same thing as vice president -- not vice president then it's but joe biden. it was naive to go into pakistan. we always reserve the right to go anywhere to get osama bin laden. i said that very clearly in the response that i made. but that i thought, many people believed as i did that it was naive on the part of the president at that time, the candidate, to say he would go into pakistan. it was a very, if you will, fragile and flammable time in pakistan and i thought it was a mistake of him as a candidate for the presidency of the united states to announce that he would go in. rather than to say as i did, we reserve the right to go where we feel is appropriate to secure the interests of the united states of america. and certainly to
May 10, 2012 11:00pm EDT
relatively confidently say the united states and europe remain each other's best parkhurst and that when the american president or european leader looks how the public and says pudu one call when there's a problem of the person on the other side of the cleantech. my judgment is that is not going to change anytime soon partly because of the affinity of interest of the values and also there aren't other options and even though there are emerging countries out your waist count on our european allies and to rely on our european allies more than we can count on a cost-cutting. at the same time i think it's clear that we are at the cusp of a major historic transition in the global landscape in which the world that nato represents his losing the primacy it enjoyed the last 200 years and if you look at the share of global product represented by nato and i would include japan because they are a part of the western world since world war ii we've gone from roughly 70% of the global product to 50% and we are headed towards 40% and that says to me the big security question of the day are about h
May 9, 2012 2:00pm EDT
to the idea that republicans and conservatives would be in the majority of the united states senate and the house and hopefully that we have a republican in the white house. if we do that bipartisan ship means they have to come our way. >> jimmy williams and a.b. stoddard back with us. bipartisan ship means coming to my way or hit the highway. >> imagine, tamron, if you had a democrat challenge another democrat for the senate for a seat and had gone on tv and said bipartisan ship is when republicans come to our side of the aisle. the press would have gone absolutely bat you know what crazy. this is ridiculous. here is a problem with the senate today. if you go and i just did a quick count. of the 100 sitting sfwhors 73 were elected to the senate after bill clinton's impeachment. that's had this town behind me turned for the worse and a.b. may want to comment on this. that's a problem. almost half of sitting senators are former house members which makes them more partisan. this is a big problem. the chamber has changed. i spent seven years in that chamber as a top level staffer and i
May 7, 2012 11:00am PDT
was in pro's health care bill. democrats, the united states senate tomorrow, are going to put forward legislation that would in fact charge wealthier individuals a higher medicare and social security tax. republicans say that's a nonstarter for them. democrats say getting money out of the health care fund bill is a nonstarter for them. so you're going to have this impasse. it will probably go through all of may and most of june. the dead line is july 1 so there is still enough time on capitol hill. some would say an eternity for this to get done. it is very much a hot button issue because it plays so well in presidential politics with mitt romney and president obama having to weigh in on it quite a lot about ten days ago. ? so luke, senator jack reid says they are willing to listen to any plan touching the health care law. have you heard any of the specific concessions that are being kicked around? >> reporter: as of right now, both sides are confident behind closed doors that something will get done because the dead line is july 1st. if they do not do this, congress is at a 9
May 7, 2012 2:00pm EDT
should be able to get legally married in the united states? >> come on. you're going to start there? >> yes, i do. >> have you ever said that publicly before? >> i don't know if i've ever been asked publicly. >> so do you think that either of these men could have said what then or had a position or felt free to go out on a limb like this if they didn't have the backing of the west wing? >> well, i don't think people are assuming that every cabinet secretary is going to be speaking for the president on an issue that is not directly related to their cabinet. so i don't know whether they had marching orders from the white house or even explicit backing, but certainly i think in the case of arnie duncan, they'll be able to argue that he was making his own case, airing his own personal views. i think what you're getting at is this implication or perhaps this sense that the white house will be able to get some of the benefit of the president having people around him who are not evolving like the president is who are actually there. he is not the first one to have said this in the administ
May 16, 2012 4:30am EDT
formally hand over the oldest bishop cross in the united states to his successor. he introduced lorie to the ba sill basilica. >> it's with deep gratitude with our father that we welcome lorie to the archdiocese of baltimore. i've known arch bishop lorie for many years and has been impressed by so many have by his deep love for the church and the people and his extraordinary work as bishop of bridgeport and as a valued leader on behalf of the united states council of catholic bishops. reporter: we mentioned a huge crowd is expected here, 2000 people. that includes 400 priests, 80 bishops and four cardinals. if you do have tickets to this event, you can show up at 11:00. the ceremony, begin, -- again, begins at 2:00. back to you, charley. >>> an attempt to show down a proposed tax increase has proven successful. the bill passed the state senate yesterday and appears almost certain to do the same in the house of delegates today. house democrats say the one passed during the regular session didn't do enough to preserve vital state services. coming up this morning at 5:00 you'll hear from
May 22, 2012 2:00pm EDT
running a private equity firm, but that's the job of the president of the united states, and one doesn't necessarily transfer to the other. >> a little bit later we will talk about this new nbc news poll that's out regarding some of these issues, but "the washington post"/abc news poll asked regarding handling of the economy, michael. it shows president obama and mitt romney both at 47% there. so obviously there are clear distinctions between these men and as our first read team has pointed out, both of them are trying to at this early stage clearly draw the line. but i want to play what cory booker said to our own rachel a maddow last night regarding what he sees as gop manipulation of his words. >> here they are plucking sound bites out of that interview to manipulate them in a cynical manner to use them for their own purposes, and that slogan is really what had me and basically my entire staff really fit to be tied. in the beginning i think i use the metaphor my staff is going to have to hold me back. >> is it fair? we've asked whether bain capital record of mitt romney is fai
May 9, 2012 11:00am PDT
complete his evolution on same sex marriage? right now the president is sitting down for what politico calls a, quote, hastily scheduled interview with abc news. the president has been pressed to clarify his position on same sex marriage ever since vice president joe biden had his now famous words uttered on meet the press. news of the interview comes one day after voters in north carolina voted overwhelmingly to ban same sex marriage and one activist tells politico he thinks the wait is finally over and joining us is jonathan capehart. thanks for your time. let me start with what you know regarding tight lips and we're expecting a small clip around 3 mm eastern time. what have you heard? >> as much as you have heard, that this is a hastily arranged interview with robin roberts from abc news, that we're also hearing that the president is going to clarify his views on same sex marriage, and from my pe perspective if that indeed is what happens today what, we're going to see is the president have his words match his deeds. we're talking about a president who has done lots of things that would signal that he is in favor of or supports same sex marriage. he is no longer having the department of justice defend the defense of marriage act against court action and supports a bill sponsored by diane feinstein in california that would repeal the so-called defense of marriage act and he has also had also expressed his opposition to the ballot initiative in north carolina, and in other states, so what we could see come 3:00 when this first clip of video comes out, if that's what they're going to share with us at 3:00, we could possibly see finally the president's words matching his considerable actions. >> jonathan, you bring up the vote in north carolina. the white house did release a statement that said in part president obama has long believed that gay and lesbian couples deserve the same rights and legal protections as straight couples and is disappointed in the passage of this amendment. with that said, jonathan, several people have tweeted the expectations are now high with all of this hype starting before this interview even airs. how important is it for the president to be absolutely clear? i think your headline was will obama's evolution on same sex marriage be televised? >> right. it is very important. i mean, leave aside the hype. his position has been, again, a little unclear because on the one hand as i explained before, he has taken considerable action that would lead you to believe that he is in support of marriage equality and yet he has been so reticent to say the words and say his evolution is complete. i think anything that he is not crystal clear, whether he says yes indeed i am in favor of marriage equality or if by some unbelievable stroke he says he is not in favor of it, at least, you know, one or the other we'll have an answer and should have an answer later this afternoon. >> all right. jonathan, thank you. joining me, brian multon. what would you like to specifically hear from the president in this interview? >> well, certainly the community would very much like to hear the president come out in support of marriage equality as jonathan just detailed for you. he has been an incredible advocate for the community, done a tremendous amount and we certainly consider him to be a friend and it would be great if he could take this next step. >> were there behind the scenes pressure before joe biden went on meet the press and said he absolutely supports same sex marriage? was there a more quiet movement to put some pressure on the president here? >> i think actually the community has been pretty public about calling on the president to support marriage equality. >> not to this degree. i guess i am asking were the vice president's words if you will the straw to break the camel's back for some members in the community to support this. >> i think hearing him come out was a tremendous thing for our community and certainly made them wonder how the rest of the administration feels about this issue, so i think it is certainly brought the conversation back to the front of people's minds. >> listen, this has been repeated many times. i will ask your thoughts. 32 times since 1998 gay marriage has come up for a vote. 32 times antiguy marriage advocates have won. what does that say to you? you know so many on the right point when it is put up for a vote people do not side on this issue that where you stand. >> sure. well, you know, i think it certainly tells us we have to keep having these conversations with the american people. >> let me ask you, we need to keep having the conversation. what is missing though from the conversation do you think here? >> i just think that like the president a lot of people are still struggling with this issue and fundamentally support fairness but are trying to square that with the idea of marriage equality and the conversations just have to keep happening and help people move along in the right direction. i think have you seen from the public opinion polling and the way the place that younger americans are on this issue, that that is where things are going. sometimes we just have to be patient with the pace of the change and keep trying to move the ball forward >> with that said, with the patience word that you just brought up, anything short of the president coming out and solidly supporting same sex marriage are you willing to still have patience? >> well, you know, again, the president has done a tremendous amount for the community and i think people will continue to see him as the friend that he is, certainly we would like to see him come out for marriage equality and i am hopeful that's what we're going to hear shortly. >> brian moul ton, thank you for rushing on and responding to this breaking news. we'll see what happens next. news nation is following marriage back lash against mitt romney for trying to steal credit for president obama's auto industry bailout. romney plainly laid out his opposition to the auto bailout. you certainly recall back in 2008 in an op ed titled let detroit go bankrupt. today the architect of the plan that saved detroit slammed romney for what he calls a rewriting of history. >> great ceos do not have this muddled message where every day it is a different message and nothing makes much sense. some of what romney has said that's been the most ridiculous he said in op ed pieces where he is presumably had time to reflect and say what he really thinks as opposed to stump statements on the campaign speech. >> it is not just the president supporters. laura ingram was tangled up in her effort to defend the presumptive gop nominee. >> there were a lot of people that ended up getting shafted in that bailout and a lot of auto parts manufacturers and people that didn't get the returns that they hoped to get out of the wonderful -- >> then why would you say to take a lot of credit for the fact the industry has come back? >> rick santorum . >> romney is romney. >> what does that mean? joining me michael smir connish and ae stoddard and nobody knows radio better than you. she says romney is romney. help me understand what happened there. >> i don't know if i can. i will try. i think that governor romney here is trying to take credit for the whole totality of the deal that went down. he can rightfully lay claim for having been supportive of a managed bankruptcy but not for the bailout, and i think that he is playing loose with his language and saying what they did is what i was supportive of but that's just not accurate. that's half the story at best because the bailout component which was necessary because of a lack of other funding opportunities was something that he opposed. he can't say this is what i was for. >> and i guess, michael, it is always the warning where he believes he will get credit for it rather than maybe saying, a.b., listen, part of what happened i did support which was a managed bankruptcy, but in the beginning you need the bailout. to say you deserve credit, this is the same person who slammed the president for saying that this country went in at his leadership to get osama bin laden and obviously that is an extreme on on one side but he wants to claim credit for the auto bailout here. what gives? >> as michael said, this is a big stretch for rick santorum in i and republicans know it. it will be tough to defend him and the statements he made. i can understand that he has designs on michigan and trying to campaign there even though it is not a state the obama considers in play. however, i can also understand him saying when talking to people in michigan who supported the bailout maybe the "new york times" was not fair to me and made up this headline that said let detroit go bankrupt and it is not actually what i was saying and advocating for managed us bankruptcy. there is a with a i to explain himself but to say the president did what he promote and had suggested as michael points out is just not true. he said that he wanted banks to proceed federal loan guarantees at the time the obama administration said because of the financial crash in late fall of '08 and there just wasn't enough liquidity and that the government had to step in and provide the bailout funds. it actually isn't true and i can understand why he would try to explain himself to those voters. he really overstepped. >> to your point of it not being true, rachel maddow, i believe months ago, a.b., she presented her side or at least a case in why so many people believe that mitt romney has an issue with the truth or a blind spot, michael, for lack of a better description when it comes to the truth. let me read what bob king, the uaw president says. he says it is tone deaf blind and without government financing and it would have led to a chapter 7 liquidation there. i mean, fast and loose with the truth, whatever you choose to call it, this guy has a credibility problem with those who see him as a flip-flopper. why dive into this pool, michael? >> i watched the interview this morning on morning joe when steve ratner who was at the table called in and explained all of this and it makes perfect sense to me to hear him tell it that there just were not any funding alternatives beyond the government. that's why it was necessary for the bailout as part of the managed bankruptcy and that's the part that governor romney isn't sharing with this explanation. >> this is another portion of the op he had, a.b., from romney. it says if general motors, ford and chrysler get the bailout you can kiss the american auto industry goodbye. it won't go over night. its demise will be virtually guaranteed. let me peninsulalay what ted st left-hand that to say. obviously he supports the president. >> romney talked about remembering a parade that happened years before he was born. he falsely claimed that his dad marched with martin luther king. he lied about his hunting record and about the guns he didn't own. mitt romney's hi pock increase seems to know no bounds. >> does he need to explain this or give better clarification? we're talking abo clarifying sa marriage and before he stands. does romney need to claim ae deserves a slap on the back. >> it depends how much pressure he gets from inside the republican party for those who are working on his campaign and want to see him win. that could be considerable. that's why we'll see what his reaction in the coming days. it is true that i am actually remember that quote that you just read, that he said if the bailout continued, that the industry would just disappear, and that is wrong, and he will be called on that. obviously by the president in the debates in the fall and the campaign to come and advertisements, but it will be interesting to see if he has to answer that question with voters in michigan and on the ground where he is trying to campaign on that issue and by himself a little credibility on that issue as well. >> a.b. stoddard, michael, thank you. >> with the defeat of dick lugar, only six moderate republicans would remain in the senate next year. that could be music to the tea party candidate that defeated lugar. >> bipartisan ship should consist of democrats coming to the republican point of view. >> we'll go back to breaking news this hour, president obama expected to clarify his views on same sex marriage and a brand new interview that is being conducted we're told right about now. we'll get an update and join our conversation on my twitter page @tamronhall. for three hours a week, i'm a coach. but when i was diagnosed with prostate cancer... i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions i felt lost. unitedhealthcare offered us a specially trained rn who helped us weigh and understand all our options. for me cancer was as scary as a fastball is to some of these kids. but my coach had hit that pitch before. turning data into useful answers. we're 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. ♪ today is gonna be an important day for us. you ready? 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[ male announcer ] for fruits, veggies and natural green tea energy... new v8 v-fusion plus energy. could've had a v8. >>> is the unl questionable defeat of republican senator dick lugar of indiana proof that moderate republicans are on the verge of ex tingsz? he lost yesterday's primary in a land slide to tea party backed richard murdoch. murdoch won 61% of the vote and he joins a list of 20 other moderate republican senators that either have been defeated or retired since 2006. in the meantime murdoch who said the problem with washington is there is, quote, too much bipartisan ship defended the comments today. >> i certainly think that bipartisan ship ought to consist of democrats coming to the republican point of view. he with wanted to be a voice and hope to give more of a national voice to the idea that republicans and conservatives would be in the majority of the united states senate and the house and hopefully that we have a republican in the white house. if we do that bipartisan ship means they have to come our way. >> jimmy williams and a.b. stoddard back with us. bipartisan ship means coming to my way or hit the highway. >> imagine, tamron, if you had a democrat challenge another democrat for the senate for a seat and had gone on tv and said bipartisan ship is when republicans come to our side of the aisle. the press would have gone absolutely bat you know what crazy. this is ridiculous. here is a problem with the senate today. if you go and i just did a quick count. of the 100 sitting sfwhors 73 were elected to the senate after bill clinton's impeachment. that's had this town behind me turned for the worse and a.b. may want to comment on this. that's a problem. almost half of sitting senators are former house members which makes them more partisan. this is a big problem. the chamber has changed. i spent seven years in that chamber as a top level staffer and i have never seen a more dysfunctional chamber of any form of government sitting out there in a democracy. >> that may explain the 11% approval. let me peninsula i what senator lugar had to say last night. scathing words about at least the tone that jimmy is speaking of. >> we are experiencing deep political divisions in our society right now. these divisions have stalemated progress in critical areas and these divisions are not insurmountable. >> are they not insurmountable, a.b.? >> i don't know. i don't have a good feeling as jimmy does either about the prospects for bipartisanship in the congress. i ask republicans and democrats every chance i get what is going to happen next year, if romney is president, if president obama is still president, and are we going to have tax reform? are we going to get to the budget reform we need? i don't hear a lot of reassurances but the sad truth about the defeat of senator lugar and his primary is that it really doesn't have so much to do with the move to the right within the republican party happening for a long time and there are dozens of cases to prove it and that is definitely true, but we're also talking about the fact that americans have lost faith in all of their institutions, government the most and can the banks, church, public schools, and professional sports coaches, you name it. in government you have to listen to your -- you have to listen to the followers and listen to your voters and stay connected with them and you can't live outside the state in this time of anger and anxiety and you cannot just run on the fact that you have been a statesmen and you have had an incredible record in the united states senate and that the senate still needs someone like you. you have to one on what your voters are saying now and what they're angry go now and lugar was definitely out of touch with con sit wents and that's the primary reason i think he lost. >> according to the man that defeated him, he believes, murdoch believes, the marching orders are not to be bipartisan and you hear that same thing from people who come out on the winning end and are backed by the tea party. they seem to be less likely or at least verbally less willing to compromise and all of those things you say certainly are true about mr. lugar. when you look at murdoch this morning on with chuck todd. he seems to believe the marching orders are follow what the people that voted for you are saying which is don't compromise with the democrats at any cost. >> i listen to that interview this morning when it took place and i was fascinated by his remarks. i agree with you. >> fascinated or worried? >> it is not a good harbinger for bipartisan ship. i think if he was more in touch he may have been able to defend off richard murdoch. as for the tea party, it is very unpopular rate now. popularity is way down. members backed in the republican at least on the house side by the tea party republican members are watching their backs and concerned about the primary prospects and their re-election prospects and we'll see what happens this fall as far as the force of the tea party. it is true that on both sides there is a lot of polarization and not just true on the republicans side and there is only about 20% of the seats in the congress now that are actually subject to swing. most of them have been decided on no matter where you are and the primary process and makes those candidates more extreme. >> i have to hold you on this. tell me what democrat you have heard come out to say that bipartis bipartisanship ought to consist of republicans coming to the democratic point of view. >> i think that they learned not to talk that way, and none of them are saying that in public. >> you can't name them. >> no. >> jimmy, no names presented. while a.b. ponders a name we'll play what senator kerry said just today. >> he refused to allow this march to an orthodox about ideology and partisan politics to get in the way of what he thought was the responsibility of the senator and indeed the need of the country to have people come together and find the common ground. >> jimmy, i presented that fact six moderate republicans are expected to be in the senate next year. combine that with senator kerry's comments and i know a.b. said it was interesting but is it worrisome? >> it worries me. theres no single senator in the senate right now more responsible for fewer nuclear warheads point at the united states than dick lugar yet what john kerry just said which is loyalty to your country first, now, think about it. when you take the oath of office to be united states senator and you put your hand on the bible and you stand at the senate well, you don't swear an oath to coat pink from the left or the tea party from the right. you swear on oath of loyalty to your country first and then your state. i get, i agree with a.b. i think senator lugar may have lost touch with where he was from and did not visit as often as he should, but there is a fundamental problem which is it is country first, not party first. i want to remind people that when john boehner was elected speaker right before he became speaker of the house after the take overin 2010, he went on 60 minutes and gave an interview and she asked himt about the corresponded compromise. he refused to say the word compromise. she asked him three times. i think john baner is a fabulous man. i don't understand that. i don't understand how fringe elements control the majority of what happens in that dome back there. the majority of the country is not on each side. they're down the middle. seems to me you can be as liberal as you want but you have to work across the aisle and you can be as conservative as you want but you have to work across the i'll. when you don't, you have a 13% approval rating. that kind of stinks. >> a.b., we're out of time since jimmy went into the southern sermon. i am sure a lot of people watching are saying amen there. thank you, both. >> sorry about that, guys. >> it is okay. i love having you both on. we'll see you soon. thank you. >> there is developing news regarding that failed al qaeda bomb plot. the government launched an investigation into who leaked the information to the press about the would-be suicide bomber. congressman peter king says it compromised security. we'll get you an update. formers presidential candidate michele bachmann now has dual citizenship. what country she is now calling her second home. first in the money minute here is a look at wall street. ♪ i'm making my money do more. i'm consolidating my assets. i'm not paying hidden fees or high commissions. i'm making the most of my money. and seven-dollar trades are just the start. i'm with scottrade. i'm with scottrade. i'm with scottrade. and i'm loving every minute of it. 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[ male announcer ] share what you love with who you love. kellogg's frosted flakes. they're gr-r-eat! >>> developing news. officials are investigating how details of the al qaeda bomb plot were leaked. the associated press reported the story monday even though it said the white house had asked for the story to be held one more day for an official announcement. top lawmakers demanding an investigation tuesday into how the media got the story. congressman peter king, the head of the house homeland security committee claims the leak could in fact hurt national security. >> this leak could have been certainly devastating and still could have and significant long-term damage and i believe it is absolutely essential that a full investigation be carried out as to who is responsible for this leak. >> pete williams joins me now. obviously help us understand the timeline here and why this leak is such a great concern, at least for congressman king especially. >> i think what members of congress are saying and we heard this from everybody who got briefed yesterday in the house and senate intelligence committees, the concern is that while the operation was still going on, this top secret very sensitive operation to try to get somebody into the heart of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and get the bomb out before it was completely wrapped up, word of it began to leak apparently to the associated press and at least as early as last week and possibly ten or 12 days ago and the concern is that it shouldn't have leaked out. that's what the members of congress want the government to investigate and indeed the justice department has started a leak investigation. >> specifically when congressman king says it could hurt national security, do we know what he was specifically referring to? is it the fact that this person was a double agent or dual agent or that the bomb itself is now in the possession of the u.s.? >> no. i think what he is talking about because when he spoke actually it had not been widely reported yet that the person that al qaeda thought was the bomber was in fact an informant. that hadn't even come out yet when peter king made those comments yesterday after the house intel committee got a briefing. what he is talking about is the mere existence of the top secret plan leaking out before it was over. what he is concerned about is that as these things become public, it is going to make it harder for the united states to get its allies, especially intelligence services to cooperate and of course now obviously what summer is saying it it could be more difficult to get operatives back into al qaeda, another informant into the inner circle. that's the government's concern. >> pete williams live on the latest investigation into the leak surrounding this bomb plot that was certainly stopped. thank you very much, pete. a day after north carolina voters convincingly decided to ban same sex marriage, there is word this hour the president is ready to make his position clear on the issue. sommer is saying the evolution will be televised with the president's first remarks since vice president joe biden opened the floodgates when he said this on meet the press. >> i am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men and women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying are entitled the same exact rights. >> where the president stands is the topic on gut check. we'll let you know how you can tell us your thoughts. be sure to check out the tumbler page. we post new pictures every day including that picture with the great bill cosby. we asked the furlow family to bring in their favorite dvds cause we want to show them something new. you ready? let's go. walmart can now convert your favorite dvds from disc to digital. no way. if hulk smash disc... it's no big deal. now you'll never break them, scratch them or lose them. we can use that. you'll never break them. so what do you guys think? we love it. it's only two bucks per disc. that's cool. that's the walmart entertainment disc to digital service. bring in your favorite dvds to your local walmart photo center to get started. don't go in there. don't go in there. they don't listen. that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8. why? i thought jill was your soul mate. no, no it's her dad. the general's your soul mate? dude what? no, no, no. he's, he's on my back about providing for his little girl. hey don't worry. e-trade's got a totally new investing dashboard. everything is on one page, your investments, quotes, research... it's like the buffet last night. whatever helps you understand man. i'm watching you. oh yeah? well i'm watching you, watching him. [ male announcer ] try the new 360 investing dashboard at e-trade. >>> we continue to follow breaking news. is president obama ready to voice his support for same sex marriage? at my moment he'll wrap up an interview where he is expected to clarify his position on the issue. all of this of course comes less than 24 hours after voters in north carolina voted overwhelmingly to ban gay marriage. politico editor joins us and i will give you all the praise you deserve. i need scoop on what's going on here. >> whatever you want to call me, tamron. >> okay. says that this interview was kind of hastily put together. obviously the white house sent out the president's feelings regarding the vote that went down in north carolina. very disappointed i believe was the wording there. what are we hearing now regarding this interview and what he might say? >> we know the "new york times" reported that the white house want this had interview and wanted to put it together and they know they will get asked about gay marriage and a couple of things to consider here. tonight, tonight, in hollywood is that big fundraiser with george clooney that's expected to not record-breaking fundraiser in presidential history, $12 million, sold out, and that is a place where he can't not only person in the room who hasn't evolved to be for gay marriage. on monday there will be a fundraiser in new york with ricky martin, aimed specifically at the gay community, so we thought it would be very difficult not to hear the president on this for a week or so after biden's comments and i think we may hear something about it tonight. >> let's talk about the expectations here. you point out the timing of all of this, but we also know the ball perhaps really started to roll ahead full steam after the meet the press interview with joe biden. we perhaps would not be here with the president clarifying what he means by evolution and if he has in fact evolved were it not for the big moment with joe biden. >> i think there is a tremendous amount of risk potentially. you're going to get punished if you come out and it is inconclusive, you know, if swing voters, if suburban voters who in our polling are kind of split on this issue, and then you see what happened with the same sex marriage ban in north carolina, so overwhelmingly going in favor of that ban. that's a moderate swing state. that's where the convention is going to be. they were hoping that they could expand the map a little bit and there is a bit of a risk. now, the risk on the other side obviously is that the worst thing you can do in presidential politics is to look like you're waffling, and that once it became clear that obama was evolving and that then you had biden's comments, you knew that he was going to have to probably say something at some point. >> considering the fa account that mitt romney was judge u.s. in colorado and asked again about same sex marriage as it was blocked from a state vote in colorado, he obviously does not support same sex marriage, does not see a door, window or any evolution happening in any near future with them. with with that said, does he have an opening in any way to go after the president if when this interview airs the president does in fact come out fully in support of same sex marriage? is there an opening for the republicans to capitalize on? >> i think it will be very difficult. i don't think that republicans want to talk about this really. i think that what mitt romney in particular is going to want to talk about is the economy. he wanted to talk about energy and gas today in colorado and of course, though, with what happened last night with civil unions, pretty ruckus event going to midnight where the republican leader didn't want to bring the issue forward. he had to talk about it when he was asked with affiliates and i would assume that tonight on their 6:00 news that's what you'll be listening to, not necessarily romney's gas plan. >> quickly, with north carolina again your first routine points out the president will be accepting the party's nomination in a state that has right to work laws and a constitutional ban against gay marriage and a stadium named for bank of america mind you. do you think they're regretting selecting north carolina? >> you know, i don't know if they're necessarily regretting it. they may be rethinking it at this point. i think they would have liked some of these controversies not to have taken place in addition to what you listed there. one of the other bubbling issues has been the sexual harassment scandal within the democratic party. you have a governor there who is now running for re-election because she would have been vulnerable. all of those wouldn't have been a focus had they chosen some place else. at the same time, this is an expand the map strategy. they'll try to use activists and young voters to organize and that's what they used the convention for in 2008 and they're hoping to do again with north carolina. >> thank you very much. get ready for a battle over "star wars," yes, the ease coast version. we're talking about a recently unveiled republican plan for a new missile defense shield on the east coast. among the sites being discussed ft. drum in up state, new york, joint the two sites on the west coast at forth greeley in alaska and van den berg in central california. republicans say the new site is necessary to get ahead of the rising threat from iran. luke russert joins us live and we're talking about this when cuts with being discussed and something like this is put on the table and up are for grabs if we need this. >> it is an interesting issue. take a broad look here. one of president obama's strengths, republicans will admit to you privately has been his foreign policy since he has gotten into office and killed osama bin laden and wound down the war in iraq and winding down the war in afghanistan and they have been looking for a way to hit them and they feel that missile defense is one thing that could work with. what you're seeing is republicans put $100 million in their defense appropriation budget and they're going to try to have a vote on that today in committee. it will most likely pass and that $100 million would go to building this missile defense site in new york state. democrats say this is ridiculous, a complete hit job by the republicans trying it make the president look weak on national security where he clearly isn't and they have a divide about how much this costs. democrats say this will end up costing $4 billion which is simply outrageous considering the pentagon they believe is overly bloated to begin with and republicans say it is 2 billion and we need extra protection against iran, against other north korea, other countries that could do us harm. keep in mind there is some issue with this in regards to how we play abroad. the russians have never been too happy with the missile defense idea. it is something floated around in american politics for dozens of years. there is still questions about whether or not the system would actually work 110%, but when it gets down to politics, it is something that will most likely pass out of the house and has an unclear future in the senate and a way for the republicans to try to make the president appear weak, the voters will ultimately decide whether missile defense is an important foreign policy issue. >> luke, to your point, since the president is the real target and big picture has the white house commented at all? >> so far they have not. they have not put out how they feel specifically about the issue. remember, this was a big issue during bush versus gore and kind of died down after the 9/11 attacks because missile defense was not seen as much of a threat from abroad, more as islamic terrorists boarding airplanes and things like that. it brings it back into the national purview and see if it sticks. republicans hope it does. democrats hope it doesn't. >> thank you kindly, luke. coming up, mystery in the sky, a russian super jet disappears from radar while taking a test flight. we have the latest details. first, there is a lot going on today and here are things we thought you should know. wisconsin's republican governor scott walker will go up against democratic milwaukee mayor tom barrett in next month's recall election. barrett beat out three other democrats in yesterday's primary and walker beat barrett in the 2010 governor's race and you can now call her a swiss miss. congressman michele bachmann has become a citizen of switzerland in addition to the u.s. her spokeswoman says she was eligible to become a swiss citizen because her husband's parents were raised in switzerland. she says the children recently won a dual citizenship so she went through the process as well. two lawmakers introduced a bill to make military members eligible for purple hearts if they are victiming of terror attacks at home. troops right now can only receive the honor if they're fighting overseas. the lawmakers use the attacks on a recruiting center in little rock and fort hood as examples of members who would be eligible for the honor. >>> the results of yesterday's primary contest were expected and the surprises were the margin. president obama won west virginia's primary and only within 20 points and convicted felon sitting in federal prison in texas, keith judd, is serving time for making threats to the university of new mexico in 1999 and richard murdoch was expected to beat incumbent lugar and not by 20 points. and the ban expected to pass but not by 20 points. tomorrow president obama heads out west to raise serious campaign cash. he will hold a lunch in seattle with musician guests like dave matthews, $17,000 per person for the brunch, and then tomorrow night george clooney will host a fundraiser at his los angeles home. those are the things we thought you should know. not in this economy. we also have zero free time, and my dad moving in. so we went to fidelity. we looked at our family's goals and some ways to help us get there. they helped me fix my economy, the one in my house. now they're managing my investments for me. and with fidelity, getting back on track was easier than i thought. call or come in today to take control of your personal economy. get one-on-one help from america's retirement leader. who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel. and with androgel 1.62%, you can save on your monthly prescription. 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[ all ] i'm with scottrade. that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8. >>> you can join the news nation on our twitter page right there. we continue to follow breaking news. moment as way from what is expected to be a major announcement from president obama. he is expected to clarify his position on same sex marriage in an enter vie with abc news. joining me, a white house reporter for politico. your website reported this was hastily put together. what else do we know? >> well, we know that, and you know this is something that people expected the president to come out and support at some point, marriage is kind one of the least surprising secrets in washington, and i think just the timing of it right now clearly forced along by some commence in recent days and given the fact that they have not tried to tamp down the speculation led to speculation he is going to take that step today. we're still waiting and not sure yet but all indications suggest that he will be making news and administration officials have suggested as much. >> do we know if this is a result of the vote in north carolina? we know the ball started rolling with biden's remarks and arne duncan on with morning joe said a similar thing. was the real push or the final push what happened in north carolina because the president's statement was that he was disappointed. >> that statement is similar to statements he made in the past just generally inching towards this. i don't think we know quite yet that north carolina was the catalyst. i think it will be hard to say that it was. i think this has been a long time coming just developments in recent days and just really made it hard for the president and for his staff, campaign wise, and in chicago and in d.c. to be talking about anything else but this, and most likely we'll learn more about this after the interview comes out and the back story how they came to the decision and it was really distracting and quite obvious where the president was heading regardless, so it may have just been a combination of all of those things. >> the timing is also incredible. you have fundraisers with the hollywood heavy hitters shelling out thousands of dollars and many of them very vocal obviously about their support regarding same sex marriage and as i point out you have north carolina and also, carrie, the jay carney daily briefing, i believe on monday, where he just took questions from left and right and seemed to be completely off guard and how to respond to this. there is no one else other than the president that can get control of this situation at this hour. >> yes. the big thing here with the president is his brand as how he portrays himself as a leader that will tell you what he thinks. this is what he said on saturday when he announced he was running for re-election. we can't under estimate the damage they think this was doing to that brand of him being able to say it, call it as he believes it, and this was really under cutting that message of him and that brand that they tried to cultivate so carefully over the last four, five years. so i think that is a part of this calculation as well. >> all right. we're waiting to hear more of what the president will say. we expect at least a clip to be released we're told around 3 p.m. eastern time. the suspense is building. thank you so much for joining us. good to see you again. >> same here. thank you. >> take care. >> does your gut tell you? does the president need to clarify his position on same sex marriage? go to to cast your vote. jones says no, he does not, he already stated the position and to change at this point would be playing the mitt game. another person wrote to us saying that it is a bad p.r. move by the obama administration. he will seem fake if he fully supports it. those are two viewpoints out of so many on here and obviously you can go to my page and see what they're saying this hour. that does it for this addition of news nation. tomorrow on news nation i will talk with a former army blackhawk pilot that broke nearly all of his bones in a crash in afghanistan and he is part of a new campaign helping vets return to civilian life. hear his incredible story tomorrow on news nation and martin bashir is up next. hey sis, it's so great to see you. you, too! oh, cloudy glasses. you didn't have to come over! actually, honey, i think i did... oh? you did? whoa, ladies, easy. hi. cascade kitchen counselor. we can help avoid this with cascade complete pacs. over time, the other premium pac can leave cloudy, hard water deposits, but cascade complete pacs help leave glasses sparkling. shiny! too bad it doesn't work on windows. okay, i'm outta here. more dishwasher brands in north america recommend cascade. of how a shipping giant can befriend a forest may seem like the stuff of fairy tales. but if you take away the faces on the trees... take away the pixie dust. take away the singing animals, and the storybook narrator... 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May 29, 2012 2:00pm EDT
was born in the united states, the democrats can talk about donald trump all they want. mitt romney is going to talk about jobs. and how he can get our economy moving again. those are the words from andrea saul, spokeswoman for the campaign. the goal, that's been on message recently, focus on jobs, trying to hit the president on the creating a hostile environment began the holiday week they were distracted by this from donald trump. as you know, there's a multimillion dollar private fund-raiser with the donald. the timing couldn't be worse for the campaign as they try to make their mess annual one thing and stuck talking about birther movement, claims donald trump is talking about. >> earlier today donald trump tweeting about all of this. and had this to say. barack obama practically begging mitt romney to disavow the place of the birth movement. he's afraid of it and for good reason. he keeps using senator mccain as an example, however, mccain lost the election. don't let it happen again. steve, as we look at this, and as you're looking at this unfolding before tonight's big campaign
May 30, 2012 11:00am PDT
the united states and doesn't want to be caught in this game if that's what it is with donald trump, then pull the chips off the table. >> there is nothing to pull off the table at this point. he simply is saying, yes, he had a fundraiser with him. yes, it is public. he doesn't want the news cycle to be dedicated to donald trump. he would much rather be talking about the economy. >> the easy counter to that is if you don't want that to be the news cycle, don't appear with donald trump. >> yeah, it seems like this has not gone away and probably won't. >> don't you have enough clout to tell donald trump to zip it. >> makes you wonder what was said behind closed doors. you have to imagine what he would have said in whatever private moments they had, layoff for now and let's talk about the economy. either he said that and it didn't resonate or he didn't say it. i think there is still the possibility we're going to see romney distance himself from trump before this is all over. >> it is a possibility right now. that's not the reality. let me switch to bain. as governor romney tried to pi
May 21, 2012 4:30am EDT
around the edges. people in western united states got to see the spectacular site. unfortunately we did not. >> we had cloud cover this morning. couldn't see it. >> i wish i lived on the west coast. >>> we have showers. you have a question? >> are you kidding me? >>> as we see the showers and storms across the area this morning, as you head out and about, grab the rain gear, you are going to need it. temperature wise, we are nice and mild, 65 degrees baltimore, 63 63 ' stone. a little bit breezy this morning, the winds east at 123 miles 13 miles per hour in baltimore, 12 in york. that's scenario throughout the day. let's talk about the weather pattern, well, we have a cold front back towards the west, responsible for the severe weather that happened across the middle of the nation. this will begin to work off towards the east, but as we take our eye to the south, there is the tropical storm alberto, charlie was eluding to. tropical storm alberto, the winds sustain at 40 miles per hour, this is a minimal tropical storm and the track off towards the north and east, it will stay away from
May 8, 2012 11:00am PDT
continue to try to find ways around it indicates that it is working here in the united states. of course, it is only as good as its weakest link. and oftentimes things can be connected through other nations or whatever way they can get something on to a plane may not always implicate going through the united states controlled protections. >> we know that at least this latest upwear bomb, the goal was to be able to get past the body screens, the body scans that we've talk so much about that tsa thought to use despite as you know, nationwide outrage who felt that they were intrusive and took away our privacy. with that said, there have been critics who have noted many problems with the tsa. i just named you one incident in los angeles where workers were accused of possibly drugs. what else will they struggle in for money? is the tsa part of the weak link that needs to be explored here? >> i think it is a very legitimate question when you start to look at the balance of how much freedom are we willing to give up. the truth of the matter is, we haven't had that kind of a bomb on to a plane i
May 25, 2012 11:00am PDT
know. he's the president of the united states. >> shouldn't romney care if the motivation is race, is it hate? shouldn't he care that a man he is sharing the stage with -- i totally get your point regarding disagreeing. you shouldn't have to follow or tow the line for anyone. especially if it is not within your heart or opposed to your convictions. but this issue, this unique issue of birtherism which many believe is based on hate. is based on race of this president. it is certainly not based on fact. his birth certificate has been presented and we all thought this was dead. you're now sharing the grand stage with an individual who seems to be proud of people referring to him as the king of birtherism. to me, chip, and i think you're a reasonable person, this is different from disagreeing on a fiscal issue or maybe an attack line. don't you think? >> well, look. i agree. i hope it is not based on hate and race but there are some people that don't like this president because of that and i disagree with that. i think governor romney has pushed back on that and said i do not agree with d
May 10, 2012 2:00pm EDT
united states. when i hear people making the arguments about america is in decline. it is so historical, it makes me gasp. here we have a president who has been in office for just over three years. what has changed in three years? have we created socialism? has he taken away your guns? we had an incredible financial crisis that president obama inherited in 2008. he is trying to dig our way out of it. keep america safe. he is doing the best he can and people are portraying him like he is some sort of kenyan muslim socialist radical. the most ridiculous argument. >> i have to ask but this tweet you single out yesterday regarding the president saying that he supports same sex marriage. you said the fact that homosexual lobby can make a president of the united states come hither who holds real power in democrat party. homosexual lobby. i need you to tell me what that is. >> well, i think it is the people that actually believe, even 10% of what keith was just saying. i don't understand what america he lives in. i must have missed the unemployment report. i must have missed the deb
May 29, 2012 11:30am PDT
president wasn't born in the united states. it shows john mccain brushing aside the issue at town hall meetings then asked, why won't mitt romney do the same? as recently as today romney has refused to -- >> many commuters are getting to work using alternate transportation because muni has shutdown two lanes for repairs. the entire n judah and parts of the j church light rail are closed for construction it will continue for the next six days. construction includes replacing mimi tracks. -- replacing muni traction. -- tracks. >>> an inconvenience buses are usually more crowded and they don't stop at the same stops so i have to transfer somewhere in the middle. >> the n judah will resume june 4th. >>> right now traffic is zipping along on the dumbarton bridge. the bridge reopened 3:00 this morning, two hours ahead of schedule after closing friday night for a weekend of seismic retrofit work. caltrans replaced a joint on the menlo park side with a new design that will better absorb shaking from an earthquake. >>> political and cultural icons and a california labor active are among th
May 4, 2012 2:00pm EDT
chinese activist to travel to the united states. in the past few hours, the state department confirmed chen guangcheng has been offered a fellowship to study at an american university. now chinese government officials say they will accept chen and his family's application for travel. he is still being treated in a hospital for injuries he suffered after escaping house arrest. >> progress has been made to help him have the future that he wants, and we will be staying in touch with him. as this process moves forward. we have been very clear and very committed to honoring both his choices and our values. >> nbc's ian william joins me now from beijing. if this deal is worked out where chen and his family are able to get these application for travel approved, is this a way for both sides to save face here? >> reporter: this is very much a face saving deal. at least the outlines of a face saving deal. we had the first hint of it earlier today when the foreign ministry here in beijing made an announcement that chen would be allowed to apply to study abroad as an ordinary citizen. th
May 23, 2012 2:00pm EDT
service i am absolutely confident the united states of america will meet the tests of our time. we will remain the land of opportunity, and we will stay strong as the greatest force for freedom and human dignity the world has ever known. >> reporter: now, of course the president gets high marks when it comes to his handling of foreign policy. they get a little lower when you look at the handling of the economy, and that of course is going to be the big issue during this election year. the big issue for voters here in this swing state of colorado, this is the president's second trip to colorado this month. this is the state that he wants to win and mitt romney wants to win and the president won colorado by nine points back in 2008 and is fighting to hold on. consider this. if he wins colorado, he can lose some of the other big battle ground states like ohio or florida, so this is certainly going to be key and campaigning is not far from the president's mind today. when he leaves he will be heading to three separate campaign events, one in colorado and denver and then two events in c
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